As authorities in J&K battle to find out the best way to keep the Covid-19 spread under check without disturbing tourism, academic and commercial activities, 835 new cases came to light on Thursday.

Health Department officials said that of the new cases, 280 were in the Jammu division and 555 in the Kashmir division, while 246 patients were discharged from different hospitals after recovery.

Another patient succumbed, taking the number of people killed by the dreaded virus to 2,019.

So far, 135,662 people have been infected with coronavirus in J&K out of which 128,020 have recovered. The number of active cases is 5,623 out of which 1,688 are from the Jammu division and 3,935 from the Kashmir division.